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Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N561PK: Accident occurred June 04, 2022 near Harvey Field Airport (S43), Snohomish, Washington

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Washington

Location: Snohomish, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR22LA204
Date and Time: June 4, 2022, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N561PK
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 4, 2022, about 1430 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N561PK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Snohomish, Washington. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that prior to takeoff from Harvey Field Airport (S43), Snohomish, he performed an uneventful engine runup, and elected to conduct a short field takeoff from runway 17. As the airplane ascended through about 700 ft mean sea level, the engine began to surge, followed by a total loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to land on a nearby road, however, he realized he was unable to make it, and landed in an open field. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a dirt berm and became airborne briefly before it touched back down. The pilot stated that once the nose wheel landing gear settled onto the soft dirt, it immediately collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose low.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a local mechanic revealed that the engine mount was substantially damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N561PK
Model/Series: PA-32-300 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAE,548 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Snohomish, WA
Destination: Everett, WA (PAE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.886832,-122.10277 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

Date: 04-JUN-22
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N561PK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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